Supervisor

Team leader, first line manager

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Supervisors manage teams of staff and organise their workload.

Salary range: £15,000 to £30,000

How to become a supervisor

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

Apprenticeship

You could take a team leader and supervisor advanced apprenticeship, or a management higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You can become a team leader or supervisor by being promoted from within your organisation. In a larger organisation, you may need to complete an in-house management trainee scheme.

Direct application

You’ll usually need at least 1 or 2 years’ experience in a job to apply directly for team leader or supervisor vacancies. Employers may also want you to have work-based qualifications and evidence of relevant training certificates for the industry you’re working in.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers and qualifications in supervisory management from the Chartered Management Institute.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to day tasks may include:

  • planning workloads and rotas
  • allocating tasks to team members
  • briefing teams on targets, initiatives and policy changes
  • monitoring and reporting on team performance, and carrying out individual appraisals
  • keeping up to date with regulations

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a contact centre, in a factory or at a store.

Career path and progression

With training and experience, you could move into middle management and then senior management positions.

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